Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Chili Fest Dollars Up for Grabs in Annual Cook-Off


Chili Fest Dollars Up for Grabs in Annual Cook-Off
Area charitable organizations are invited to apply for funding from the  25th Annual Ludlow Rotary Chili Cook-Off. This year’s Cook-Off will be held on Sat., Oct. 10 – rain or shine – under the tent on Depot Street by the traffic light. Rotary serves up dozens  of varieties of chili, including traditional, vegetarian and exotic.

Rotary support is offered to a bona fide 501c(3) non-profit serving Cavendish, Ludlow, Mount Holly and Plymouth. Consideration is given for organizations offering help at the cook-off, especially those entering chili into the contest. Last year's Cook-Off benefited  the Fletcher Memorial Library window replacement project.  Applications for receiving the proceeds from the chili cook-off must be received by September 15.

To apply, contact Chili Co-chairs Suzanne Garvey,, or Glenn Heitsmith,

Pictured above is Tom Guiler as he serves some of his winning chili to an appreciative taster.

Rotary also is looking for a few good cooks to make chili. Think you’ve got a taste that can’t be beat? Here’s your chance to vie for bragging rights, cash prizes and a nifty plaque.

Rotary has doubled the cash prizes awarded in three People’s Choice categories: First ($200), Second ($100) and Third ($50). Plaques are awarded by a team of three Rotary-appointed judges who decide Favorite, Spiciest and Team Spirit.

The entry fee is $10 and all that’s needed are 3-5 gallons of your favorite chili delivered hot to the Cook-Off on the morning of the event. For an application, send an email, or snail-mail Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149.

Rotarians supply service labor and accompaniments, such as bread, cider and ice cream. The cost to the public is $10 for all you can eat. Tasting starts at 11amand continues until the last spoonful is ladled out, usually around 2pm.

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